RISE AND SHINE 40: The Miracle of Believing
As I sit at my computer in the hours before dawn, I am thinking of you and of me. The first words that pop into my mind are from a piece from PETER PAN, a book by J. M. Barrie. In the segment, a mom is reading to her two young children. Tinker Bell, the fairy who is Peter Pan’s constant friend and companion, is dying because no one believes in her. Her light is growing dim…so very dim. As the mother continues reading, she tells her children that Tinker Bell can be saved if enough people believe in her. She suddenly drops her book and says, “We can save her! IF YOU BELIEVE, CLAP YOUR HANDS! CLAP YOUR HANDS”!
I frequently struggle with creating a global resource for God’s hurting children because the challenge seems beyond my abilities. Coupled with those doubts is the fact that I often run into walls that appear out of no where. The closer I get to fulfilling God’s wish for me the more impossible the obstacles are. Then, as exhaustion sets in, the ghosts of uncertainly begin to materialize. The voice in my head says: “I don’t know enough about technology to do this. I don’t know what to say. I need to be more like this person or that person.”
Praying banishes the ghosts and brings a sliver of light back into the room.
I return to square one again and figure out what I know for sure. I decided I know at least two things:
- No one can beat me if I get up one more time than I get knocked down; and
- I’m going to give this the best I’ve got.
With those two absolutes as my focus, things begin to happen. Suddenly, I can see the possibilities rather than the limitations. What created that transformation? After all, I’m a person just like you, no better , no worse, but amazing things happen when a person decides to believe…and act on it. Belief sparks a flame that becomes a fire that becomes a global resource for healing. You don’t need someone else to ignite you and your dreams; you just need to believe in yourself.
Remember Tinker Bell and the children. IF YOU BELIEVE, CLAP YOUR HANDS!
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